In a match in which there was virtually nothing at stake for Feyenoord, almost all substitutes got the chance to show themselves. That turned out not to be easy on a visit to Go Ahead Eagles, but the Rotterdam team did win: 0-1.
By Mikos Gouka
Tyrell Malacia, Reiss Nelson and Luis Sinisterra didn’t have to change at all in Deventer, their names didn’t even appear on the scoresheet. Marcos Senesi, Orkun Kokcu, Guus Til and Cyriel Dessers were there, but that quartet was allowed to sit on the side in tracksuits. Only Gernot Trauner, Fredrik Aursnes and Lutsharel Geertruida appeared at the kick-off in the Adelaarshorst for the no-nonsense match against Go Ahead Eagles, but that trio was already allowed to take a shower halfway through.
Arne Slot only let keeper Ofir Marciano come into action for an entire match, rest is of course not a requirement for a keeper. Marciano, incidentally, who sees daily on the training field in Rotterdam that keeper Justin Bijlow is making enormous progress on a physical level. The international would no longer play this season due to a foot injury, but that was with the idea that the players of Feyenoord would already go on holiday on Sunday evening after the last league match. Now that the season has been extended until May 25 due to the Conference League final against AS Roma in Tirana, Bijlow still seems to be on his way to a place in the match selection. The goalkeeper, present in Deventer as a spectator, has just under ten days to get in top shape.
Noisy Eagle Horst
The supporters of Go Ahead Eagles said goodbye to trainer Kees van Wonderen against Feyenoord in the last home game, who moved to Heerenveen. One of the 2002 UEFA CUP heroes brought Go Ahead to the Premier League and kept the club at that level with two fingers in the nose.
It caused a full and as always noisy Adelaarshorst to watch a game in which Go Ahead Eagles could play relaxed football and the Feyenoord players undoubtedly constantly thought that the highlight of the season was yet to come, soon in Albania.
For the substitutes that Arne Slot put to work, it was important to show that if the need arises, the trainer can count on the players who fall next to the starting eleven. Although this season proved that Slot only chooses from a narrow core and not everyone is ready to play football in the main force of Feyenoord.
‘We want Makkelie’ the fans of Go Ahead chanted passionately in the first half. The referee had just pointed to the dot because he thought Alireza Jahanbakhsh had knocked the industrious Isac Lidberg inside the infamous lines. However, after studying the images, the Iranian turned out to have played the ball and also outside the sixteen-meter area.
The game continued quietly after the break. Feyenoord’s B team looked for a hole and Go Ahead Eagles waited for the counterpunch. Until Bryan Linssen punished a mistake by Bas Kuipers. The little Limburger shot the ball impeccably past keeper Andries Noppert and ensured the 22nd victory of the season.
Bert van Marwijk watched it with a smile from the stands. His position as the last coach of Feyenoord to win an award in Europe with Feyenoord is faltering. But the former national coach will gladly transfer that status to Arne Slot at the end of this month.
Philippe Sandler could only briefly enjoy his substitute. The defender dropped out shortly before time. Followers Slot was purely as a precaution and Sandler was not injured. The 18-year-old Togolese Dermane Karim made his debut as a substitute.
Bryan Linssen scored the only goal in a mediocre game in Deventer. The Feyenoord attacker understood why things did not go so well. ,,It’s nice to play football, the weather was nice, it’s a nice stadium, but it wasn’t the best game. That makes sense after Sunday, after the match against PSV we couldn’t finish second and the third place was almost safe. The most important thing is that you just win. But of course, everywhere you go, it’s only about the final, that’s logical too, that’s very alive. It would also be weird if it wasn’t.”
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